Automakers have been rushing to fill their lineups with SUVs, and the subcompact SUV class has grown considerably as a result. Even though most subcompact SUVs don’t have much more passenger space than your typical small car — and many of them have even less cargo space — they do have the higher seating position, a more rugged look and available all-wheel drive, features many shoppers want at a relatively affordable price.
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So perhaps it’s not surprising that all 10 of the models in our cheap SUV list are subcompacts. They’re ordered by base price, from least to most expensive, and all prices include the SUV’s destination charge, but not any cash incentives or taxes. Prices and EPA combined fuel-economy estimates are for front-wheel-drive versions of all the SUVs except the Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Subaru Crosstrek, which come with standard AWD. All prices also include an automatic transmission.
Affordable subcompacts like the Nissan Kicks and Hyundai Venue may look like other subcompact SUVs and are marketed as such, but they don’t offer AWD, whose availability we required to make this list. (You can find the Venue on our companion list, the 10 Cheapest Cars You Can Buy Right Now.) Adding AWD to most of the SUVs below costs around $1,500-$2,000.
Cheapest New SUVs
1. 2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS: $23,395
2. 2023 Hyundai Kona SE: $23,475
3. 2023 Mazda CX-30 S: $24,325
4. 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport S: $24,595
5. 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross L: $24,945
6. 2024 Honda HR-V LX: $25,395
7. 2023 Volkswagen Taos S: $25,450
8. 2024 Kia Seltos LX: $25,715
9. 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Base: $26,290
10. 2024 Buick Encore GX Preferred: $26,895
1. 2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS
Price: $23,395 (including $1,295 destination)
Combined fuel economy: 30 mpg